Happy first day of summer y'all! So, by now most homeowners have their money pit, I mean swimming pools, open. It's summer vacation and the neighborhood kids hang out and swim all day. Maybe the neighbors come over in the evenings for a cook out. Do you have that area around the pool where you don't want anyone to see or use? It can be blocked off with planters or outdoor furniture? Put some bright colored tape down, so no one trips. . .
Settled pool decking, what happened? How in the world do you fix this, and WHO do I call for this? These are some popular questions from pool owners. To start, the first question tends to fall into two categories: Is there a leak in the pool liner or skimmer? Or was the area not compacted properly during construction? Often times, we see settled or sunken concrete slabs around pools that have simply dropped over time because the soil underneath has finally compacted, which is no longer supporting the weight of pool decking above. If you're lucky, and the company who installed the pool decking layed out the joints correctly, the settled decking piece may not have a new crack across the middle, but is still in good shape. In cases where there was a leak somewhere around the pool, there tend to be larger voided areas and greater degrees of settlement. (We recommend getting that leak fixed first!)
Please remember, before beginning any pool deck repair project, the first and most important step is to figure out what caused the damage and then determine the best repair procedure for solving the problem.
There are a few ways to fixed settled concrete around the swimming pool. One traditional way of repairing sunken concrete is to simply "tear it out and replace it". This is sometimes more easily said than done. Things get tricky when it comes to the back area of a home. Fancy landscaping, distance to the area of repair, matching decorative finishes and time frame for repair are just a few.
Polyurethane foam injection for lifting and supporting swimming pool decks is becoming a more and more popular method of repair. The injection holes tend to be small (approximately 5/8" in diameter), polyurethane foam is incredibly lightweight but very strong, it cures instantly and areas are ready for use immediately, and there is little to no disturbance to landscape around the area. There are so many reasons polyurethane foam is the perfect solution to lift / support settled slabs around the pool!
In today's world, it can be overwhelming to have to educate yourself on the problem at hand, then find the correct solution for your settled concrete issues.
Give us a call today to find out how polyurethane foam injection may be your solution for lifting and supporting settled pool decks.